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Nebraska Annual Social Indicators Survey, 2008




The Nebraska Annual Social Indicators Survey (NASIS) aims to survey quality of life in the state of Nebraska, covering topics such as the environment, housing, health, recreation, occupation, education, family life, among others. A set of core questions are repeated each year, and additional questions are purchased by those interested in gathering additional data. The 2008 NASIS asks questions about driving behavior, cell phone usage, disaster response, health, immigration, and religion.

The ARDA has added five additional variables to the original data set to enhance the users' experience on our site.

Data File

Cases: 1814
Variables: 360
Weight Variable: PWEIGHT, HWEIGHT

"Two weights are included in the 2008 NASIS data set. The first weight, called PWEIGHT, produces a representative sample of individuals 19 and older living in households in the state. PWEIGHT contains an adjustment for the region, sex, and age bias found in the sample and a correction factor to compensate for differential probability of selection of the respondent within households with varying numbers of adults present. ... Users of NASIS data requiring a sample of individuals would use the data weighted by the PWEIGHT variable.

"The second weight, HWEIGHT, is used when the information needed is at the household level. Use of HWEIGHT gives an age-adjusted sample of households in the state." (NASIS 2008 Methodology Report - see link below)

Data Collection

March 10, 2009 - July 11, 2009

Original Survey (Instrument)

NASIS 2008 Methodology Report

Funded By

Department of Sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bureau of Sociological Research, and other state agencies, private non-profit agencies, and other university departments

Collection Procedures

The NASIS for 2008 was conducted using a phone survey of landline phones. A randomly selected adult (19 years or older) was interviewed in the household.

Sampling Procedures

"In order to meet the research needs of several clients, the sampling design of the 2008 NASIS survey was modified this year compared to previous years of NASIS. Briefly, the sample design consists of three segments: a traditional directory listed sample, a sample of participants of the 2007 NASIS, and an oversample of four counties in Nebraska with high proportions of Latino residents. Combined, these three sampling types constitute the final, representative dataset of 1,814 Nebraska residents."

Principal Investigators

Bureau of Sociological Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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